No surprise at Red Star Shock
With countless European Anfield evenings, Liverpool knows more than any team how the atmosphere can affect a game.
The welcome that awaited her in Belgrade did not surprise her.
This was a great evening for the supporters of Red Star, a date when the draw for the Champions League group had taken place.
The sight of warming up the Liverpool players made for coordinated, mouth-to-mouth singing from Marakana to the other. The noise lasted a long time after the action started.
Jürgen Klopp, who spoke before the game, admitted that the atmosphere would work.
In fact, Klopp has made the political decision not to take the in-form Xherdan Shaqiri to stop firing the flames.
Arsenal is the only away team that has won the Marakana in Red Star's last 45 games. This makes the bookmakers who had the Serbs 18/1 somewhat mocking.
See James Pearce's view of the game – and read HERE his verdict
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Red Star is not as bad as Anfield and not as good as Liverpool looked in Serbia in the first half.
In fact, the evening recalled Liverpool's visit to Istanbul to meet Besiktas eleven years ago.
The Reds, hot favorites of the night, faced an incessant cloud of noise and fell to a 1: 2 defeat, which seriously endangered the qualification for the Champions League knockout stages.
Eventually, Liverpool recovered this season, and the situation is not completely bleak despite all the teeth.
But when the Reds were in Paris Saint-Germain Napoli at home, Klopp has given everything.
No case for defense – for a change
Another game, another European away game.
While the fingers are rightly shown to be midfield and lacking threat to the forward line, with the exception of Mohamed Salah, for lack of creativity, this setback has made another contribution.
The rightly praised defense of Liverpool had a rare day of rest and, unlike Arsenal and elsewhere this season, was unable to pay for its inadequacies.
The first goal was bad enough, a fierce header from Virgil van Dijk – the Dutchman was one of many who failed to convince in the first half – and then led to the corner where Milan Pavkov headed the hosts' header on 22 minutes would have.
But the second minute of Pavkov was simply inexcusable.
First James Milner gave the ball away. Then Gini Wijnaldum was not strong enough in a challenge. Joel Matip backed away and allowed a shot from 25 yards. And Alisson Becker's reaction, after the ball had gone into the top corner, indicated that the goalkeeper was not entirely satisfied with his contribution.
See how we rated the players HERE
Okay, the Reds were better in the second half. They had 72% of possession and had 23 shots – unbelievable 20 from inside the area – but desperate home defense and a stubborn conclusion meant anything that meant nothing.
That disgust in the first half meant it was costly.
Missed the place more expensive than anything else
It was not just the mistakes on the field that stunned Liverpool.
That he was without specific players, was felt by Jürgen Klopp for the first time this season strong.
Xherdan Shaqiri was a special case. The Swiss were sure they would visit Fulham on Sunday in the Premier League.
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But tonight, Liverpool would have appreciated the experience and influence of Jordan Henderson in the engine room, especially since Fabinho had been bankrupt after his difficult time at Arsenal on Saturday.
Nevertheless, Klopp can not be blamed for turning his resources for this game, even if the changes have not paid off.
That's why he built a team. You can not play all the games.
Daniel Sturridge came for the off-color Roberto Firmino, who was followed by his uncharacteristic miss in the first half, while Adam Lallana looked sharper but had little influence.
Klopp will shake things up again this weekend before Naby Keita, a substitute in Belgrade, will make another international break.
The Reds boss will not let this bad defeat through without change. He just can not.